The process of adaptation has been used to transform one form of media into another. This act allows a familiar story to gain new context and ways to express itself. From books made into films, to comics made into cartoon series, and board games made into films (Battleship), these adaptations, for better or worse, add new dimensions to the source material. Fort this entry I’m going to focus on video game to film adaptations.
Out of all the different ways that one form of media has been adapted into another, the most unsuccessful has to be that of adapting video games to film. … Read the rest
I can recall the days when the goals of games were simple: defeat the final boss, get the highest score, beat your friend so you can emasculate him. Now in modern games we’ve seen the rise of a new objective, the collection of achievements. These achievements have become like the participation trophies that you hand out to all the kids who weren’t good enough to actually win anything. One no longer has to conquer some monumental task of significance for acknowledgement but anything from as small as starting the game to dressing your player in a particular article of clothing have become worthy of praise.… Read the rest